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Mt Field NP, Hastings Cave & Pool and Wellington Park closed - Friday 25 Jan

24/01/2019

As a result of the total fire ban and current fire weather forecast for strong winds, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises that Mt Field National Park and Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool will be closed on Friday 25 January 2019.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

23/01/2019

PWS has extended the current campfire restrictions state-wide in national parks and reserves until further notice.More

Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

Maria Island Discovery Camps

Tasmanian students have the opportunity to discover the rich heritage and experience native wildlife at a new Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) School Discovery Camp on Maria Island.

The camps offer hands-on experiences during a three day, two night adventures and aims to connect Tasmanian school children with nature, while experiencing the magic that is Maria Island National Park.

Maria Island is a great venue for school camps, providing students the opportunity to learn about geology by visiting geological features such as the Fossil Cliffs and to see wildlife such as the endangered Tasmanian devil, along with wombats, Forester kangaroos and Cape Barren geese.

Our highly skilled Discovery Rangers deliver a curriculum-based environmental science and history program that enhances classroom-based learning.

Activities include rock pool rambles, nocturnal spotlights, whale rescue, devil discovery, an interactive quiz night and bush trails.

Students also learn about looking after the environment and sustainability as they have to bring everything the need for the camp with them, so they learn about packaging, its impact on the environment, and how to minimise it.

Maria Island School Discovery Camps are suitable for Years 3 to 10 and programs can be tailored to meet specific requirements. For further information see our  Information for Teachers [PDF 127Kb] or email parkseducation@parks.tas.gov.au.

To make a booking, please use our booking sheet [Word Doc 147 KB] and return to parkseducation@parks.tas.gov.au